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Premiership Giants Must Pay £20m For Dutch Star


Written by Football Talk.

Ajax have slapped a £20m price tag on the head of Gregory van der Wiel, amid reported interest from Chelsea, according to the Sun.

The premier league champions are the latest team to be linked with the defender, who was part of the Dutch side that reached the World Cup Final in South Africa this summer. Previously Arsenal were credited with interest before a potential move to German outfit Bayern Munich broke down.

Van der Wiel is usually deployed at right-back but can also play in a more central position and this versatility is attractive to Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti who is looking to bolster his defensive options ahead of the new season.

But it remains to be seen whether the Blues will be willing to meet the valuation Ajax have for the 22-year-old, although there may be room for maneuver as Ajax manager Martin Jol has been told he must sell before he can buy and Van der Wiel is an asset the Dutch club are willing to sacrifice.

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